When journalist Robert Andrew Powell finished his first marathon, he wept, entirely unexpectedly, as his father embraced him. Millions of people who’ve run a marathon understand where those tears come from, even if there are millions more who will never understand what drives someone to run 26.2 consecutive miles in a grueling test of mind over matter. But Powell’s emotional reaction to completing the race wasn’t just about the run. It was about the joy and relief of coming back up after hitting rock bottom.
Running Away is the story of how one man changed the course of Powell’s life. Inspired by his own father, Powell decided to make a change in his mindset and circumstances that were headed nowhere good after a painful divorce. He moved to Boulder and began training for a marathon. Over the next 26.2 chapters that follow, Powell grapples with coming to terms with his past relationships and begins to have hope for a better life, filled with new experiences and hard-won discipline.
A moving memoir about a man who at the lowest point in his life decides to turn everything around, signing up for his first marathon and—one foot after another—begins a life-altering adventure.